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Old 11-05-2018, 01:54 PM   #41
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It's a tow vehicle, for crying out loud...but

We tried the F150 and ran into the payload limit issue - all the actuals were higher than the book values, that is except the payload sticker. The F350 P/S does a great job all around and no fuss, no muss. Mama can collect all the rocks she wants. For me it was a matter of not always being at the edge of the limits and the torque/engine braking, too. Very happy.

While I don't drive it much except to tow, I am considering Sulastic hangars and Rancho 9000xl adjustable shocks to take a bit of the bite out of the unladen ride.
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:55 AM   #42
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250(0) Diesel is the way to go

I pulled an '06 34 Classic w/ slide...bout heavy an a'stream you gonna get...plus what the better half stored in there we had to be close to violating the GVWR. My weapon of choice was a GMC 2500 Sierra with the LLY Duramax. IMHO you will never need the 350(0)...all you'll gain is a harsher ride...but I would not recommend a gasser...diesel is the way to go...you'll never regret it...I put +125K on that vehicle...paid a little over $40k in '04 and just sold it (14.6 years later!)for $12k...a gasser won't pull like a diesel, won't climb like a diesel and won't hold its resale value like a diesel....Duramax, Powerstroke, Cummins they are all good values if you are in it for the long haul.

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Old 11-11-2018, 10:04 AM   #43
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I know this is not the OP's original question however reading the responses in this tread I continued to ask myself the following question.

BIG Airstream trailer means BIG truck to pull it and all the cost of truck/trailer maintenance, issues associated with storage of the Airstream trailer when not in use, backing up this LONG rig when in a tight situation and finding a camp site large enough with reasonable access for such a BIG Airstream trailer and BIG tow truck.

Therefore the question that I kept asking myself while reading this thread and if I were in your position of NOT YET having purchased a Truck or Airstream trailer that you may want to think long and hard about is this:


Do you really "Need" that BIG of an Airstream trailer to begin with to be comfortable and keep the boss happy?

If the answer to this question is YES!

GREAT!!!!

However just remember the truck and trailer you buy is ultimately the truck and trailer you will one day sell therefore I suggest careful consideration for both the Truck and the Airstream Trailer and your on the road lifestyle!
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:34 AM   #44
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I would not recommend a gasser...diesel is the way to go...paid a little over $40k in '04
Keep in mind the diesel package in '04 was significantly less complicated than today's versions. Today you have so much emission control that cost of ownership can be significantly more than gas.

I recently chose gas and really have no complaints. Pulls my 30' fine.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:36 AM   #45
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I got the 2017 F350 Diesel Platinum and hardly notice my FC27FB is behind. It is a great ride even when not towing.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:44 AM   #46
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If you must stay with the Ford, definitely the 350 / Crew cab. Does the work of the Chevy2500HD, although pulls a little different. Get diesel for torque and fuel efficiency. Should do the job fine.

I pull a 1971 / 31' Sovereign with a 2013 /2500HD/Duramax/Allison TM.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:55 AM   #47
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Oh please, not another diesel

Thereís nothing like being woken up in some RV park or campground than the clanky sound of a diesel starting up, then warming up endlessly, and finally pulling out with the roar of a semi at full load.

Go for the gas...
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:24 AM   #48
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My wife, Dog and I chose the Ford F-350 quad Cab, Super Duty, Four Wheel Drive Diesel Truck which runs Quiet and Very powerful. The Best Vehicle I have ever driven. Test Drive one and Post your thoughts .
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:30 PM   #49
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Tembren ses on rear we carry a full dress H/D limited,firewood,generator,bottle gas,and pull a (1975 😎30' Sovereign ) with EASE !! Allday /Up/Dn every hill NO😎PROBLEM AT ALL !! 😊
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:21 PM   #50
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I have a 2015 F-350 SRW diesel 4x4 crew cab with 8' bed. I also have a Pro Pride hitch. I'm towing a 27' tommy Bahama.

I love my truck. Just finished a 10K mile trip from Atlanta to the west coast and back. No problems getting anywhere we wanted. We did a bunch of boondocking and we could pull that trailer anywhere we wanted.

I highly suggest the diesel. I averaged 13MPG overall on our last trip. Not shabby considering all the mountains we crossed. With the 8' bed I can put all the toys in the back, dirt bike, mountain bikes, plus generators and such. I would also strongly suggest getting the 4x4 model. Several times it helped getting down dirt roads and in slippery situations. It also makes it easier for backing into some spots. Also if your out and about you can get out and see some stuff where a 4x4 is recommended. We did a bunch of this stuff in Colorado and found some great out of the way places in Utah that we wouldn't have gotten to with a 2 wheel drive truck. A great drive down in the canyon at Canyon Lands NP and a really cool place in AZ that was way down a very sandy road.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:43 PM   #51
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Keep in mind the diesel package in '04 was significantly less complicated than today's versions. Today you have so much emission control that cost of ownership can be significantly more than gas.

I recently chose gas and really have no complaints. Pulls my 30' fine.
My F350 gas pulled my 27í very well. Maintenance was cheap. I got a good trade in on the Lariat when I cashed it in on the Dodge.

My 2500 Dodge/Cummins pulls the same 27í with authority. If I hadnít driven it myself I would not have believed the difference as they supposedly have the same horsepower. The truck cost twice as much and the maintenance is easily double. I did a synthetic oil and filter change myself and it was about $200. Donít get me started on all the cool do-dads and tuners Iím gonna buy for it. Worth every penny.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:47 PM   #52
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Thereís nothing like being woken up in some RV park or campground than the clanky sound of a diesel starting up, then warming up endlessly, and finally pulling out with the roar of a semi at full load.

Go for the gas...
I donít warm up ďendlesslyĒ but it takes a few minutes to hook up. My wife says my eyes glaze over and I lose my train of thought every time a diesel starts up. Does that happen to anyone else?
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:49 PM   #53
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I am pulling my 30' Classic (2005 model) with a 2017 F250, 6.7 diesel, crew cab, short bed. Pulled it 13,000 miles this summer from Tennessee to Alaska and back. This truck pulls like a dream. Averaged 13.4 MPG for the trip. There are lots of steep mountain grades between Tennessee and Alaska. Never a problem. Would highly recommend it.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:16 PM   #54
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Music to my ears as well. If I didn't have the topper to carry my fishing boat I'd have smoke poles as well. Also avoid RV parks and campgrounds. And when you have 'enough' truck you won't need the hassle of weight distribution hitches. IMHO, easier on the trailer and receiver with out the added stress.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:40 PM   #55
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My F350 gas pulled my 27í very well. Maintenance was cheap. I got a good trade in on the Lariat when I cashed it in on the Dodge.

My 2500 Dodge/Cummins pulls the same 27í with authority. If I hadnít driven it myself I would not have believed the difference as they supposedly have the same horsepower. The truck cost twice as much and the maintenance is easily double. I did a synthetic oil and filter change myself and it was about $200. Donít get me started on all the cool do-dads and tuners Iím gonna buy for it. Worth every penny.
I have little doubt that the diesel is the superior tool for towing ease. I think the benefit stops there. Contrary to many opinions it is not superior for speed uphill or overall. And fuel costs appear to be higher presently.

For me it wasnt worth the overall cost, potential repair risk, and hassle. I'm happy with the gas but to each their own.
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:11 AM   #57
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Thereís nothing like being woken up in some RV park or campground than the clanky sound of a diesel starting up, then warming up endlessly, and finally pulling out with the roar of a semi at full load.

Go for the gas...
Ya, I'm going to be so concerned about waking up that guy that ran his work generator until 1am, when it finally ran out of gas, cause him and his friends had all passed out drunk already. (Oh ya, he also has a lifted F350 diesel with a deleted exhaust)

I really have to stop using those campgrounds..
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:56 AM   #58
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There’s nothing like being woken up in some RV park or campground than the clanky sound of a diesel starting up, then warming up endlessly, and finally pulling out with the roar of a semi at full load.

Go for the gas...
Agree, but that's the "older" diesels typically; smelly sometimes also. We are pretty happy with the newer diesels...not much different in noise than gas models...really! I typically am up before the wife and I will go out and drive the diesel around the parks looking for wildlife. I have asked wife and neighbors if they heard my truck when I left (6:00-6:30am typically), and have not had any negative reports...wife doesn't even know I was gone...
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Ya, I'm going to be so concerned about waking up that guy that ran his work generator until 1am, when it finally ran out of gas, cause him and his friends had all passed out drunk already. (Oh ya, he also has a lifted F350 diesel with a deleted exhaust)

I really have to stop using those campgrounds..
Well, sometimes you have to make a choice; do I get the quiet Honda or do I get a generic generator....and unlimited beer for the camping trips this summer! (just kidding)
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I have little doubt that the diesel is the superior tool for towing ease. I think the benefit stops there. Contrary to many opinions it is not superior for speed uphill or overall. And fuel costs appear to be higher presently.

For me it wasnt worth the overall cost, potential repair risk, and hassle. I'm happy with the gas but to each their own.

Do not concur. The new big Diesels will "smoke" any gasser up, down, and all around. Glad you are happy w/your gasser. Be well..............


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